Boxing Fan Dan Auerbach Explains Why He Isn’t Attending Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Bout

Credit: Danny ClinchEven rock stars think the tickets for the much-anticipated May 2 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are too pricey. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who is a big boxing fan, was originally planning on attending the fight, but then he heard how much the tickets cost.

"I start hearing rumors about how much the tickets are going to be -- and sure enough, it's like $15,000 a ticket, and on top of that you won't know where your seats are until you get there," Auerbach tells Rolling Stone. "So I was just like, 'No. This fight means too much to me, I don't want to get caught up in the bulls**t, I want to watch it on TV and really enjoy it.'"

As for a winner, Auerbach, who regularly spars in his garage, isn't take a side.

"I don't think it matters who wins. I think because they fought, it's a real gift that they gave to boxing. It's like, they didn't have to," he says. "Floyd Mayweather didn't have to do this fight, but he did. And I commend him for it -- I really think that was a brave move, because he's never fought anyone like Manny and Manny's never fought anyone like Floyd, so it's really exciting. It's exciting for the sport."

Even at home, "Mayweather-Pacquiao Day" will be an eventful one for Auerbach. In connection with the fight, he will be releasing his debut single with his new solo project, The Arcs, on May 2. The single, featuring the boxing-themed songs "Stay in My Corner" and "Tomato Can," will only be available at independent records stores.

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